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July electricity production in Estonia surges 27 pct on year

Estonian news - eteap August 28, 2013

Baltic News Services, 28.08.2013

Production of electric energy in Estonia in July totaled 855 gigawatt-hours, marking an increase of 27 percent over July a year ago, while domestic consumption was up 4 percent at 554 GWh, the transmission system operator Elering said on Wednesday.

The main reason behind the increase in output was bigger net export than in July 2012. Commercial export of electric energy grew 14 percent compared with July 2012 to 472 GWh and import dropped by one- third to 193 GWh. Almost the entire amount exported moved from Estonia to Latvia and almost all of imported electricity came from Finland.

Output of renewable energy in July came to 68 GWh, on a par with July a year ago. One-fourth more electricity was generated by wind generators than in July 2012 and such electricity made up a little less than half of the total output of renewable electricity. The increase in wind generated electricity mostly was a result of the completion of new wind farms in the Paldiski and Narva areas with a total capacity of 84 megawatts. Electricity generated from biomass also accounted for approximately 50 percent of the entire amount of renewable energy. Output of Estonian hydro generating facilities halved to one GWh.

In Latvia output of electric energy grew 3 percent year on year to 341 GWh. The output of thermal power plants increased 54 percent whereas hydro plants produced 40 percent less electricity than in July a year ago as a result of smaller water supply in Daugava River.

Latvia’s own electricity output covered 63 percent of domestic consumption and the electricity system had a shortfall of 203 GWh. Latvia imported 461 GWh from Estonia and exported 268 GWh to Lithuania.

In Lithuania electricity output increased 6 percent to 264 GWh, equaling just 32 percent of domestic consumption and making for a shortfall of 558 GWh. Of the shortfall 51 percent was covered with electricity imported from third countries.

Aggregate electricity consumption by the Baltic countries grew 2 percent year on year to 1,920 GWh according to tentative figures. The shortfall for the three countries taken together was 461 GWh, a figure smaller by a quarter than a year ago. The deficit in July accounted for 24 percent of total consumption by the Baltic countries.

Production of electric energy in the Nordic countries declined 5 percent year on year to 25.9 terawatt-hours in July. The reduction was biggest in Sweden at 12 percent. In Finland and Norway reductions of 4 and 3 percent took place, respectively, whereas in Denmark electricity output grew 38 percent. Despite the decline in output the electricity balance of the Nordic countries was positive by one terawatt-hour. In July 2012 the Nordic countries’ electricity balance was positive by two TWh. The Nordic countries’ export to the Baltic countries was 182 GWh in July, with the rest of the electricity going to the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.


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